We can look at the rosters that NFL teams have put together ahead of the new season and come up with predictions for how things might go in 2021. As we have seen in the past, though, predictions very often go right out the window, as you never really know what a team is going to do until they hit the field and start playing games. There are a few teams that are a bit of a mystery heading into this season, with the Pittsburgh Steelers very much in that list. Salary cap issues called for big changes in the offseason, with the question now being whether they have adequately filled the holes that opened up. Let’s take a closer look at the Steelers and their NFL Team Totals odds.
Pittsburgh Steelers Win/Loss Betting Odds and Prediction for the 2021-22 Season
Steelers Divisional and Playoff Chances
The biggest issue for Pittsburgh heading into the 2021 season is that they are playing in an AFC North Division that is home to a pair of teams – Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns – who are expected to be playoff bound. The Steelers won the division last season, largely because they started with 11 straight wins, but they cooled off in a big way coming down the stretch. They have lost a few key players, but they have Big Ben returning for one more season, as well as a defense that is arguably the best in the league.
The Steelers are in at +350 to win the AFC North, and while they are certainly not rank outsiders, the bookies do have them sitting in behind both the Ravens and the Browns, which is about what you would expect. Three teams coming out of the division is not impossible, especially now with 7 teams in each conference making the postseason. As it stands now, the Steelers are at +160 to make the playoffs.
Steelers 2021 Schedule and Win Total
Steelers fans are not going to need to wait long to see what their team is made of, as they will open up on the road against the Buffalo Bills. That’s a tough start, but with the Bengals and Raiders up after that, they will have a chance to get a couple of wins under their belt. You do have to say that through the opening 11 weeks of the season, Pittsburgh has a shot at picking up some easy wins, but things get tougher after that.
The Ravens, twice, Browns, Chiefs, and Titans are all in the schedule for the final few weeks, making the run in at the end of the season a tough one. That is the set of games that is likely to make or break the chances of the Steelers making the playoffs. They are really going to need their defense to step up as big as they did last season, while hoping that their makeshift O-Line can get the job done.
The Steelers Over/Under for the season is set at 8 ½ and it is a tough one to play. This is a team that could win as many as 10 games or as few as 6. That defense is going to keep them in a lot of games, though, so I am tempted to lean towards the OVER, albeit only just.